Visit Shanghai

Image0003One of the great cities of the world is Shanghai.  I have travelled there for many years watching the development of the city.  Pudong area across the river from Shanghai proper was a large empty flat piece of land just 25 years ago.  There was one building that displayed a mock up of what the city fathers saw as the future of Pudong.  The group that I was with looked at it with a smile thinking those were far beyond reason.  The photos here today show what Shanghai has accomplished in this short time.  Well worth at least 3 days or more of any tour to take in all that Shanghai has to offer but too many to list here.  In my over 50 working trips to China for my business I usually  spendImage0002 3 to 4 weeks all over China.  However I take 2 or 3 days to relax before coming home and those are spent in Shanghai.  Shanghai evolves and changes with each trip and I always look forward to seeing what’s new!

Holidays and Festivals in China

CrowdThere are many Holidays and Festivals in China.  The one pictured here is the Lantern Festival in Nanjing.  There are three main holidays.  New Years, May 1st. and October 1st.   These holidays most people have a full week off.  New Years people go to their parents home which is a tradition.  During these holidays and many Festivals hotels, planes and trains are well booked in advance.  I normally suggest not touring during these periods as the expense is greater and travel is more difficult.  In a country of 1.3 billion people you can often see crowds like this during holidays or festivals at many tourist sites.  Best times to tour are March/April,  June, July and August although a bit warm, or I like September and the last three weeks of October best.  Cities like Shanghai with over 40 million people in the district crowds in the shopping areas and popular sites are common.  Mornings are less crowded than afternoons or evenings usually.   For more information feel free to contact us at  email:


The best book I have found on meeting the Chinese people is one called  “Encountering The Chinese”  The 3rd Edition is out giving the latest information on interacting with Chinese as well as getting to know an Ancient Culture and  (continue reading below)book-on-China0001 being a Modern Country.  The book is great not just for tourists but anyone who will be interacting with Chinese people.  The more you understand their culture the better success you will have in business as well as understanding their cultural ways.  For anyone going there to teach classes or be a student, this book is invaluable.  I highly recommend it and some people have found it difficult to find; so I have about 100 copies that I ordered from the publisher.  If you would like a copy I will mail you one post paid for $25.  You may send your check or money order to   Interlake China Tours, Inc.  P.O. Box 33652  Seattle, WA. 98133  You can expect to receive it in about 2 weeks.

Medical in China

I had a question on medical assistance or problems in China.  First I should mention that Travel Insurance yes can be a bit expensive if you didn’t need it.   However it is very cheap if you do need it.  You can cover your needs with a good travel insurance plan no matter what country you go to.  I always buy travel insurance myself as we travel to many countries during our off season.  My wife just had to make a claim this week due to a medical problem that will not allow her to go on a Hiking Tour with her buddies.  Her trip was 100% refunded.  In the large cities of China medical hospitals are available and clinics in the smaller towns. Check your health insurance policy to see if you are covered outside the country. You should take an antibiotic suggested by your doctor as well as common over the counter products for diarrhea and constipation.  Do not drink the water even in a 5 star hotel including brushing your teeth.  2 bottles of water are usually included in your room.  A small refrigerator may also be in your room too.  Chinese use the additive MSG for flavoring in most of their food  which can cause constipation.  This is usually used in any gravy type foods.  It is o.k. to eat them but in smaller amounts perhaps.  Just be aware of it.  If you will be travelling to Tibet or any place over 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level you might want to take a medication for high altitude sickness.  I do not recommend going to places of high altitude if you have heart disease.  I ask for a doctor’s release for any clients who are 80 years older or have a history of heart disease.  I myself have heart disease and had some problems in Lhasa the last time I was there.   If you have any  other questions on health or touring China please let me know.  email me at My name is Dave.Chinese food0003Dr.-Ho0006Facing-Potala-Palace_07:

Questions & Answers on China Tourism

I have been writing and updating my blog for the past 8 years.  It has been read by more than 80,000 people.  With over 400 entries and photos which I mostly take myself, I am running out of subjects to write about.  I go back and update the information on past blog entries to keep the information current.  What next?  How about suggestions from you the readers on subjects that you are interested in.  I have travelled through China for over 25 years working with my Chinese partners checking out every possible tourist attraction as well as checking hotels and new areas opening up.  If you have specific questions, I will be happy to answer them or obtain an answer from one of my Chinese partners on site.  You will not get a sales pitch from me or added to any spam list.  My name is Dave and I live in Seattle.  You may call me at  (206) 368-9074 if you do not care to email me.  Looking forward to hearing from some of my readers. You can email me at   email:    ChinaDaveSilk-Road-TourWild-Goose-Pagoda-ParkDave-and-the-Pandas-03